Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Watcher Girl by Minka Kent, published by Thomas & Mercer.
A woman’s suspicions about her ex-boyfriend become a dangerous obsession in a twisting novel of psychological suspense by Washington Post and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Minka Kent.
Eight years ago, Grace McMullen broke Sutton Whitlock’s heart when she walked away. But it was only to save him from the baggage of her own troubled past. Now all she wants is to make sure he’s okay.
Only everything she learns about him online says otherwise. According to his social media accounts, he placed roots in her hometown, married a look-alike, and even named his daughter Grace. He clearly hasn’t moved on. In fact, it’s creepy. So Grace does what any concerned ex-girlfriend would do: she moves home…and watches him.
But when Grace crosses paths with Sutton’s wife, Campbell, an unexpected friendship develops. Campbell has no idea whom she’s inviting into her life. As the women grow closer, it becomes clear to Grace that Sutton is not the sentimental man she once knew. He seems controlling, unstable, and threatening. And what a broken man like Sutton is capable of, Grace can only imagine. It’s up to her to save Campbell and her baby now—but while she’s been watching them, who’s been watching her?
Sometimes people hang on to feelings or memories far longer than is healthy for them. Particularly when thinking you can change the past, and your part in hurting someone else, leads to an obsession so great that they uproot their life to see it through. In this psychological suspense by Minka Kent, an obsession turns to mystery and it becomes hard to know who should be worried about who…
A follow on from The Memory Watcher, The Watcher Girl, which can be read as a standalone, is set 20 years later featuring Grace McMullan now 30. In this story. Minka Kent has crafted a multilayered tale that has been intricately woven and is one that will keep you guessing as to how it is all going to come together and unfold. I was sucked into its pages right from the get go and was taken hostage until I read the final page.
Grace is a very complex and intriguing character. Going through quite a traumatic childhood has left her damaged with a lot of emotional baggage. Due to this, she is unable to form long lasting relationships and she sabotages any happiness she may have. Although she comes across as unlikable, you do cut her some slack given what she has been through.
This is the first book I have read from Minka Kent and The Watcher Girl has been a great introduction to her work. Very well plotted and written, I was kept engaged and compelled to keep flicking the pages to see how this was all going to unfold. I was not disappointed.
The Watcher Girl is an edge of your seat, gripping and dark twisty read that I throughly enjoyed. A real page turner, it captured my attention and it was easy to be caught up in the drama of it all. It embodies everything I look for in a psychological suspense and I’m thrilled to have a new author to add to my list to look out for. It was a pleasure to read The Watcher Girl, which I recommend.
Thank you to Minka Kent, Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Watcher Girl, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Minka Kent
Minka Kent has been crafting stories since before she could scribble her name. With a love of the literary dark and twisted, Minka cut her teeth on Goosebumps and Fear Street, graduated to Stephen King as a teenager, and now counts Gillian Flynn, Chevy Stevens, and Caroline Kepnes amongst her favorite authors and biggest influences
Minka has always been curious about good people who do bad things and loves to explore what happens when larger-than-life characters are placed in fascinating situations.
In her non-writing life, Minka is a thirty-something wife and mother who equally enjoys sunny and rainy days, loves freshly cut hydrangeas, hides behind oversized sunglasses, travels to warmer climates every chance she gets, and bakes sweet treats when the mood strikes (spoiler alert: it’s often).